About the Merinoff Symposia

The Merinoff Symposia are unique in their developmental methodology, programatic content and desired outcomes. Supported in part by an endowment from the Herman Merinoff family, each Merinoff Symposium focuses on a disease state for which discoveries and innovations might promise an immediate improvement in patient care. Organizations representing research, clinical practice, healthcare management and patient advocacy are invited to co-host the symposium.  They craft the agenda. They identify a “message of hope” and “call to action” representing an achievable advancement in care. Together, they choose which stakeholders from government, philanthropy, and media are invited to join the effort. Typically a two-day meeting, Merinoff Symposia are well publicized events generating visibility for a promising message of hope, a call for implementation of agreed upon innovations in care and a mutuality of vision regarding strategies for meeting future challenges.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the North Shore-LIJ Health System

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research branch of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Biomedical research has been a vital aspect of the Health System’s two academic medical centers – North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center – since their establishment in the early 1950’s. Through its connection to the Health System, the Feinstein bridges the gap between biomedical research and patient care, accessing hundreds of thousands of patients in the health system's 15 hospitals, four long-term care facilities, three trauma centers, six home health agencies and dozens of outpatient facilities. Feinstein scientists collaborate with clinicians throughout the Health System to shed light on basic biological processes underlying human disease. This knowledge is used to develop new therapies and diagnostics.

Currently, more than 1200 scientists and investigators are conducting research in immunology and inflammation, genetics, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, oncology, urology, obstetrics/gynecology and many other specialties. In 2011, extramural support to the Feinstein's research programs exceeded $250 million, including $200 million from the National Institutes of Health another federal sources.

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is comprised of researchers from across the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The goal is to study disease to cure disease. This is accomplished through a coordination of research where medical discoveries are made, clinical trials where science meets the patient, dissemination of new knowledge, and the Merinoff Symposia. The Symposia are an ongoing series of meetings, each of which is focused on a particular disease state. The series catalyze the convergence of multi-disciplinary stakeholders motivated by hope for the purpose of building consensus and action around immediate improvements in care.

The Merinoff Symposia, operated by the independent 501(c)3 non-profit Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, is grateful to the benefactors who have made this symposium series possible.

About the Benefactor: Herman Merinoff

A philanthropist, businessman and attorney, Herman Merinoff was involved with the North Shore-LIJ Health System for decades, first as a trustee of North Shore University Hospital, and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research since in 1999.  In 2004, he was elected Chairman of the Feinstein Board, and his leadership and vision helped shape a strategy for growth and excellence that still guides the institute today.

Susan Merinoff and her family have continued to perpetuate the Merinoff Legacy at the Feinstein.  In 2004, Mr. Merinoff and his wife Susan provided a generous gift to endow The Susan & Herman Merinoff Center for Patient-Oriented Research, which is an important resource in the discovery and diagnosis of human disease and the development of new treatments. Throughout his life, Mr. Merinoff also devoted much time and energy to countless other philanthropic endeavors.

In 2010, Susan and her family created an endowment to benefit the Feinstien. 

In tribute to Mr. Merinoff’s deeply generous and forward-thinking spirit, The Feinstein Institute created and now hosts the Merinoff Symposia, a series of international meetings featuring celebrated leaders in biomedical research.

Additional Information

Christopher J Czura, PhD
Vice President, Scientific Affairs
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
350 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030
Tel: 516.562.2110  
Fax: 516.562.2356
E-mail: cczura@nshs.edu

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